Well, it was tremendously exciting, but exhausting as well. I never knew sitting on my derriere for so long would be so painful.
Anyway, all that aside, it was a wonderful day. John Leeson (the main voice for K9) was first, and he made it a tough act for the others to follow. Seriously, he was funny, entertaining, and he could switch from his normal voice to K9's at the drop of a hat.
Then came Janet Fielding. Feisty and acid, she was also funny. I just have to wonder whether she could've turned down the Tegan-ness or not.
Then came a luncheon for VIP guests, and I was able to speak (albeit in a crowded, noisy room) to the guests.
Paul McGann was next, and he had this charming habit of calling the TV movie the 'Pilot Movie Pilot'. Very nice, funny, and charming man.
Sylvester McCoy (my personal favourite Doctor) was next, and he got in right amongst the crowd, making little asides, particularly towards those dressed in later Doctor's cosplays. I asked him what the most dangerous stunt he ever had to perform was, and his initial answer was glaring at me and saying "Talking to you". In good humour, of course.
Colin Baker was next, and he's just a wonderful guy. He loves the fans. And he also pointed out that as he didn't do the regeneration scene (he had refused to do so for understandable reasons, so Sylvester McCoy dressed up in a wig and Colin's costume), he was still the Doctor!
Peter Davison was also lovely, and it was endearing how he only referred to the marriage between his daughter, Georgia Moffet, and David Tennant, only obliquely. And then, partway through, they let Janet Fielding loose to join him onstage. It was planned, yes, but I think the banter, particularly on Janet's end, was a bit...how can I put it? Affected.
And then, the rest of the guests came on stage, including Nicholas Briggs. And then, they celebrated Peter Davison's recently passed birthday. You should've heard Colin Baker singing. It was the second time I heard him singing live (the first time being at a pantomime in Bath).
Then, we went for dinner, briefly, before coming back up to see Nicholas Briggs, who is not only the voices of the Daleks and Cybermen for the new series, but is one of the key producers (as well as a writer and director) for the Big Finish audios. It was a bit sad that not so many people stuck around to see him, although it had been a long day admittedly. But he was a great guy, and during the luncheon, I had found it easier to talk to him than the other stars, although that was probably because I was less star-struck than I was with the Doctors and companions.
They also had a screening of the most recent episode, Cold War
afterwards, but I needed to get home at a reasonable time, and it's being repeated tonight. So I left after the Nick Briggs talk.
I actually feel sorry for the guests, actually. First, they had to do two events, one in Sydney, another in Melbourne. And on Saturday, the poor sods had been in New Zealand for a Lords of Time event in Auckland. Peter Davison apologised if they seemed out of energy (which they didn't, really). But yeah.
I managed to get a lot of things signed. I got Peter Davison to sign my Kinda
DVD cover which Janet Fielding already signed, and got them both to sign Frontios
. Colin Baker signed my copy of Revelation of the Daleks
, and Sylvester McCoy signed my copy of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
. John Leeson signed on the outside of my boxset for The Key to Time
season. Paul McGann signed my copy of the TV Movie (the Pilot Movie Pilot
), and he and Nick Briggs signed the outer box for the Big Finish story Dark Eyes
Oh, and I managed to purchase the Big Finish stories Earth Aid
(one of the Lost Stories range) and Love and War
(a recent adaptation of the excellent New Adventures novel by Paul Cornell).
I have to thank my mother. It was her that paid for my ticket as a birthday present, and organised everything.
Four minutes? That's ages! What if I get bored? I need a television, a couple of books. Anyone for chess? Bring me knitting.
-The Eighth Doctor, defiant in the face of death, in Doctor Who: The Night of the Doctor